Better Acquainted with Southside

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We’re having a blast getting even more acquainted with the Tri-Cities and Southside Virginia, as we get started with the development of a strategic plan with Southside Community Partners.

Southside Community Partners (SCP) formed more than a year ago with the merger of three organizations who had been working to meet the needs of the nonprofit community in Petersburg and the surrounding areas. A service of the Appomattox Regional Library System, SCP provides a resource center, the online Connect Southside information source, training classes and other support.

If you know anything about the communities that SCP serves, you might know that their challenges are more pronounced than most – and their opportunities to strengthen their services are only limited by their resources. Which makes SCP an essential service to the community.

Sarah, Tina and I have spent the past several weeks getting to know the SCP team, and meeting one-on-one with some of their key stakeholders, as we start the process of identifying their best opportunities to grow and serve. In April, we’ll work with the SCP team to identify strategic outcomes and then spend a day with the staff and Advisory Council to build the strategic plan framework.

We anticipate delivering a final strategic plan to the organization in May. Our relationship with the Petersburg/Southside area? We think it's just heating up.